4th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users
 

INHSU Community Networking Forum

9.00am - 4.45pm, Tuesday 6 October 2015, Manly Novotel Pacific 

Hosted by

  • Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL)
  • Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy (CAHMA)
  • NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA)

Aims of the meeting

The aim of this meeting is to provide community member and advocates an opportunity to:
  • Network and develop supportive and professional relationships;
  • Gain an understanding of the global hepatitis C (HCV) treatment landscape
  • Gain an understanding of global HCV community advocacy landscape
  • Discuss challenges and strategies for people working in community settings in linking people who use drugs to testing treatment
  • Provide opportunities for community stakeholders to support and mentor each other and to increase benefit from the conference
Overview of the Day

The organisers of the International Network of Hepatitis and Substance Users (INHSU) Conference have very generously agreed to fund a one day forum for community members prior to the main conference. The Forum, hosted by Australian Drug User Organisations AIVL, CAHMA and NUAA, aims to give attendees an opportunity to network, exchange ideas, and develop advocacy and supportive communication strategies for the conference. 

This is an excellent opportunity for participants to discuss relevant issues while developing a more nuanced understanding of HCV as it relates to substance users work globally. We have an exciting and strategic agenda outlined for our day beginning with a focus on the emerging hepatitis treatment and global advocacy landscape. This session will ensure that meeting participants have access to information needed to deal with hepatitis at whatever level they require. An overview of the practical issues faces globally in working with community and by substance users in accessing HCV treatment will give participants an overview of the work our communities are involved in and the ways we are participating to ensure health literacy and service access. 

The afternoon will focus on how participants can make the best use of the expertise available during the INHSU Conference. We will also address strategic directions for pursuit during the conference - for instance, advocacy positions we may wish to promote and particular messages we would like the conference participants to take home from the affected community. Another equally exciting aim of this meeting is networking with people to discuss potential working relationships and partnerships globally. 

We have three days together as a community with an audience of key supporters from across the world and we need to make the most of the extraordinary opportunity. This is an opportunity to connect our global community and be prepared and coordinated to ensure our community's voices are heard. The INHSU symposium is a rare opportunity for us as a community to be an integral part of an important International discussion - we must use it to its best advantage.